Academic Honesty Policy

Academic honesty is seen as a set of values and skills that emphasize and promote integrity in learning, teaching, and assessment at Han Academy (hereinafter, the School). It is shaped by a variety of factors including peer pressure, cultural background, parental expectations, role modelling and taught skills. It appears easier to explain to students what academic dishonesty can be, with reference to plagiarism or other cases of academic cheating, particularly, in examinations. However, promotion of academic honesty should be treated in a positive way, by presenting the benefits of properly conducted academic study and a respect for the integrity of all forms of assessment. This policy is to promote and reinforce values that are crucial to the tradition of excellence in education, and applies to all students and activities at the School.

 

1. Policy philosophy
1.1 The School expects students to be honest in the whole process of study at the School. By enrolling at the School, students agree to follow high standards of academic integrity.


1.2 The Policy is developed within the framework of the IB Academic Honesty Policy and aims at creating a fair learning environment for everyone at the School.


1.3 All staff members of the School are expected to support students in their determination to maintain high standard of academic honesty. Students are to be advised by teachers on how to use information sources, including how to obtain authorization to use that information in a legitimate way.


1.4 This School has a strong intention to minimize and, if possible, to eliminate cases of academic dishonesty, rather than to establish the code of punishment for academic dishonesty cases already committed by students. Teachers shall provide necessary guidance to students in order to help them understand the importance of academic integrity, ethical and legal aspects related to it, and to develop their high academic morality and conduct.

 

1.5 The School aims at maintaining high-standard academic honesty and provide a timely response to cases of academic dishonesty.

 

2. Integrity Code
2.1 All students of the School have an obligation to comply with requirements of this Policy.


2.2 The Policy is an open document and is presented to the School’s community through the School’s website.

 

2.3 Students in the School are required to understand the importance of the Policy and implications of its violation.


2.4 Each student in the School’s Secondary Section (Y7-13) is required to accept and sign the following pledge:
“I, a student of Han Academy, recognise that the School expects me to be honest in my academic work. I accept the Academic Honesty Policy of Han Academy and understand that my failure to comply with my commitment may lead to a disciplinary action.”


2.5 By accepting the pledge, students in the School’s Secondary section and their parents/guardians are also required to sign an acknowledgement stating that they have become familiar with the requirements of this Policy.


2.6 All students who submit a work within the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) are required to confirm that it is their authentic work. Teachers are expected to contribute all efforts in order to confirm whether the submitted works are students’ authentic, as required by the General Regulations of the IB Diploma Programme.


2.7 Violation of this Policy by one student or a group of students is considered academic dishonesty.


2.8 Any of the below-mentioned cases, as well as logical interpretation of any other act that is of similar nature, is considered an act of academic dishonesty or cheating:
a) an act aimed at taking any information for earning academic credit, such as copying another students’ work or part of it or allowing another student to do so,
b) sharing such information between students (if it is not a groupwork task),
c) obtaining unauthorised help in examinations or other similar assignments,
d) using unauthorised materials (including a calculator or dictionary) during examinations or other similar exercises,
e) submitting a written work or a substantial part of it in more than one subject class, without a consent of a teacher/the School,
f) ignoring a notice of an examination invigilator to stop working on the examination paper after the examination ended,
g) taking an examination or completing another type of assignment for another student or allowing another student to do so,
h) misinterpretation or misleading such as lying or omitting a material fact for academic gain,

i) inventing/faking data or source of information and presenting them as real in academic work,
j) attempting to obtain examination or other assignment materials of similar nature before the assignment is given to students by the teacher/the School,
k) bribing or being involved in an act of cheating for material gain, either between students or a student(s) and a teacher(s);
l) an act of academic malpractice, as defined and explained below, in particular, plagiarism, i.e. copying or, by any other way, unauthorised borrowing of any material (such as ideas, phrases, sentences, etc.) of other authors/sources, without proper reference (as accepted internationally) that aims to present such material as an authentic one of oneself.

 

3. Malpractice
3.1 As defined by IB, malpractice is “…behaviour that results in, or may result in, the candidate or any other candidate gaining an unfair advantage in one or more assessment component. Malpractice includes: plagiarism: this is defined as the representation of the ideas or work of another person as the candidate’s own;

collusion: this is defined as supporting malpractice by another candidate, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another ;
duplication of work: this is defined as the presentation of the same work for different assessment components; any other behaviour that gains an unfair advantage for a candidate or that affects the results of another candidate (for example, taking unauthorized material into an examination room, misconduct during an examination, falsifying a CAS record).”


4. Actions against academic dishonesty and appeal
4.1 The School takes into serious consideration all cases of academic honesty violations, with no such case to be ignored.


4.2 The School is consistent in regard to checking the authenticity of the students’written work (research, Internal Assessment, and others of similar caliber) and will use www.turnitin.com service in case of works suspected for plagiarism.


4.3 Students shall be treated same way for the same type of violation. No discrimination on any basis is permitted.


4.4 The following actions are to be conducted in case of academic integrity violation:

a) Verbal warning, which can be given for minor attempts of violation;
b) Not allowing credit for a specific component of the assessment, including examination;

c) Not allowing credit for the subject assessment, including its term and/or annual mark;
d) Suspension or expulsion from the School


4.5 Actions against academic dishonesty shall be conducted by
a) subject teacher;
b) examination invigilator;
c) teacher(s)/staff in charge of student management or discipline (e.g.homeroom teacher);
d) Principal/Vice Principal of the School


4.6 The decision made on academic dishonesty case is to be within the scope of duties of the respective staff member.


4.7 Each student, to whom a decision on academic dishonesty case has been made, has a right to appeal the decision, according to the Complaints Policy of the School.


5. Roles and responsibilities
5.1 The Principal of the School is responsible to establish and promote good academic practice. Regular supervision over the practice can be delegated to Vice Principal of the School or another officer assigned for the role.


5.2 The School supports the IB in maintaining a strong practice of academic honesty, in particular, by its efforts to prevent, detect and investigate any case of academic dishonesty.


5.3 Subject teachers are responsible to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, all works submitted by students for assessment are their authentic works, including IB Diploma Programme Internal Assessment works, which are marked internally and moderated externally by IB examiners.


5.4 Teachers, who are expected to act as good role models in regard to maintaining high standard of academic honesty for the students, are to detect any duplication of work, plagiarism or collusion and to provide their full support to the School in doing so and/or in investigation of such case.


5.5 Students are responsible for ensuring that the works they submit for assessment are authentic, and that in their works all ideas of others are properly acknowledged.


5.6 Students are expected and strongly advised to revisit their works to ensure a proper acknowledgement is conducted before the submission of the final version of the work.

 

6. Policy review
6.1 The Policy is a document in progress and is a subject of periodic review.


6.2 Unless found necessary, the Policy is to be reviewed at least once per two academic years.


6.3 Policy reviews are to be conducted by the School’s Vice Principal, in cooperation with subject curriculum heads (directors). The reviewed document is to be presented to the School’s Principal for approval.


References:
- Academic Honesty, © International Baccalaureate Organization 2011
- General Regulations: Diploma Programme, © International Baccalaureate Organization 2011
- Academic Honesty Policy, Canadian International School in Hong Kong
- Academic Honesty Policy, Hillside World Academy, Singapore